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an archaic or US spelling of gruesome


(ˈgru səm)

1. causing horror and repugnance: a gruesome murder.
2. full of problems; distressing.
[1560–70; obsolete or dial. grue to shudder (Middle English < Scandinavian; compare early Dan grue, early Swedish grua shudder) + -some1]
grue′some•ly, adv.
grue′some•ness, n.
References in classic literature ?
Beneath the trees grewsome kind of lush, wet, bushy vegetation with silver-lit leaves and stems here and there.
For a long moment she watched, breathless; unable to believe the evidence of her own eyes--that these grewsome things moved and had life
One is not even made wet by the rain nor cold by the frost; while death, instead of stalking about grewsome and accidental, becomes a prearranged pageant, moving along a well-oiled groove to the family vault, where the hinges are kept from rusting and the dust from the air is swept continually away.